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Francesca Beard: How To Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse

Francesca Beard-Suzi Corker Photography
Francesca Beard – Suzi Corker Photography

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Lies, lies and damned lies – who needs statistics? In the past year lying has gone truly mainstream. Let’s be honest and tell the truth, we’ve all changed reality to suit ourselves in our lives and will do so again. But if everyone lies at least some of the time, then how can we ever know what’s true, or what’s real?

Mixing story-telling, verse, spoken word, (gentle) audience interaction and a game of “Whose Lie is it Anyway”; How to Survive a Post Truth Apocalypse is the new crossover theatre/spoken word show from London based poet Francesca Beard.

Francesca is the sham-shaman guide who will lead the audience on an epic quest through a stranger than fiction wonderland of lies, fabrications and “facts” in a show for anyone who has ever claimed to have read the terms and conditions.

On this journey the audience will explore make-believe in its many forms – from political spin: “We live in a meritocracy”, to polite half-truths: “Thank you Grandma, I love this cardigan” to our formative memories and our consensus reality. In our “post truth” world, we are invited to consider the global cost of make believe, whether all humans are liars and whether the truth can set us free.

‘I got to thinking about not knowing what is real and what is make-believe.’ said Francesca ‘I began to think of myself as a fictional character, perhaps trying to understand that the truth didn’t matter. Then, as I was developing the show over the past year, the world changed. “Post-Truth” has become the word of the moment and democracy appears to be melting into satire all around us.’

How to Survive a Post Truth Apocalypse is directed by Rob Watt whose credits include Goosebumps Kids and the genre breaking Stand By For Tape Backup by Ross Sutherland.

How to Survive a Post Truth Apocalypse has a short preview tour in May taking in Colchester, Cambridge and London’s Roundhouse before undertaking a full UK tour later in the year and into 2018.

Francesca Beard is one of the most successful spoken word artists in the UK. A formative figure in the UK spoken word scene, her shows such as Chinese Whispers and Animal Olympics drew critical and audience acclaim. With How to Survive a Post Truth Apocalypse she returns with her first full-length show in almost 10 years. www.francecabeard.com

Listings information
How To Survive a Post-Truth Apocalypse: Francesca Beard
Innovative spoken word artist takes us on an on an epic adventure through a wonderland of lies, fictions and Wikipedia facts

24 May 8pm
Colchester Arts Centre Church St CO1 1NF
£pay what you can 01206 500900 www.colchesterartscentre.com

27 May 1pm
Cambridge Junction Watch Out Festival Clifton Way CB1 7GX
£20 (festival pass) 01223 511 511 www.junction.co.uk

31 May 8pm
London The Roundhouse Chalk Farm Road NW1 8EH (Part of The Last Word festival, where spoken word, theatre and gigs collide)
£12.50 0300 6789 222 www.roundhouse.org.uk

Written and performed by Francesca Beard
Directed and Dramaturged by Rob Watt
Produced by Tom MacAndrew and Hannah Jane Walker
Lighting Design by Charlie Morgan Jones
Video and Costume Design by Shawn Soh
Sound Design by Jethro Cooke
Developed with support from Apples and Snakes and Improbable
Supported by Arts Council England

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